460 Lake Street
Oak Park, IL 60302
(708) 848-5869
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Mondays through Thursdays

Early arrival begins at 8:00AM and the afternoon session ends at 3:45PM. See Programs for specific class times.

Pilgrim Community Nursery School is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

Welcome to Pilgrim Community Nursery School

Welcome to Pilgrim Community Nursery School, located in Pilgrim Congregational Church of Oak Park, Illinois.

We are a nonprofit, nonsectarian nursery school serving the community of Oak Park, Illinois and surrounding communities. We welcome children of all races, religions, ethnic backgrounds and economic situations. Our students represent the rich diversity of the greater Oak Park area.

Join PCNS Families at The Junction Diner this Thursday! (4/10)

Please come enjoy lunch or dinner with other Pilgrim families and friends this Thursday, April 10, at The Junction Diner (7401 W. Madison St. in Forest Park).

10% of all “Pilgrim” sales between 11a-8p will benefit the school’s programs and operations.

*Families and Friends MUST mention Pilgrim*

We hope to see you there!

Pilgrim’s Got Talent Benefit: Saturday, April 26

2014_gala_inviteTickets are now on sale for Pilgrim’s Got Talent!

Pilgrim’s Got Talent will be held from 8pm to midnight on Saturday, April 26 at FitzGerald’s Nightclub (6615 Roosevelt Road in Berwyn). This is your opportunity to gather with fellow Pilgrim parents and alums, and to let loose for a night – with the added benefit of showing our appreciation and support for the school that has nurtured and educated our children.

We have past galas to thank for the school’s playground, the Star Room and the updated bathrooms. What legacy will we leave to future Pilgrim families?

Click here for more information on tickets, donations, and other ways to help.

Show Your Pilgrim School Spirit!

2014_spiritwearDo you want to show some Pilgrim spirit around town? School spirit sweatshirts are now available for purchase – order forms were sent home with your child earlier this week, and are also available for download.

The sweatshirts are available in both youth ($20) and adult ($25) sizes; youth sweatshirts are grey with navy blue lettering and adult sweatshirts can be ordered in either grey with navy lettering or navy with white lettering. Show your Pilgrim pride!

Pilgrim School Front Doors

After several weeks of using the back door for entry/exit to the School, we are happy to report that the front entrances to the school (leading to the basement and also to the first floor) are once again in use.  

Walk-in service will start from the usual/original location on the west side of the parking lot.

PCNS Summer Camp Registration

Despite the continued cold temperatures, it’s time to start thinking warm thoughts about PCNS Summer Camp!  Summer Camp brochures were sent home in students’ backpacks last week. 

There are limited spots available in each of the camp sessions, so please do not delay in completing and submitting your form along with the registration fee (made out to PCNS).

If you have any questions about PCNS Summer Camp or want additional information, you may contact Aileen Riley ( or Donna Landa (

D97 Kindergarten Registration Information

Will your child be attending kindergarten in Oak Park next year? District 97 has some helpful information regarding Kindergarten registration for the 2014-2015 school year.

12th Annual Pilgrim Palooza (3/2)

Big Ballyhoo ShowDo you like to sing? Dance? Tell jokes? Perform magic? Kids, parents, grandparents, caregivers, alumni and friends are all invited to perform as solo acts or in groups at Pilgrim’s 12th annual Pilgrim Palooza! This year we’ll have a special interactive storytelling guest: Big Ballyhoo Show!

The details:

  • When: Sunday, March 2, 2014, 3:00p-4:30p
  • Where: Pilgrim Community Nursery School
  • Tickets: $3 per person or $10 maximum for the whole family (you can purchase them ahead of time or at the door). Children under 2 are free!
  • Refreshments and snacks will be available for purchase
  • Want to perform? Click here for more information.

No act is too big or too small (but should only run 2-3 minutes).  Not sure you are ready for the big stage? No worries – you can lend your support by coming and cheering on the entertainers as a member of our large and appreciative audience. This is a great opportunity for PCNS families and friends to socialize and have fun!

We look forward to seeing you there!

Parenthesis Family Center Information Session (2/6)

Are you an Oak Park or River Forest parent of a child prenatal – 3 years of age? Research supports the importance of the early years (birth through 3 years of age) as forming the foundation for future learning and school readiness.

On Thursday, February 6, from 7:00-8:00 pm, Parenthesis Family Center (located in Oak Park’s Euclid Ave Methodist Church - 405 S. Euclid Avenue, 2ndfloor) will be holding an Information Session discussing the various resources available through Parenthesis for parents to foster children’s successful development in the areas of physical, cognitive and social development – and to make the most of these early years.

This is a fantastic opportunity to learn more about all the services and resources that Parenthesis Family Center has to offer. For more information and/or to RSVP, please visit the Parenthesis Family Center Web site.

Join us for PCNS Night Out at Noodles & Company in River Forest!

Feeling a bit of cabin fever after all this cold weather?  Come join other Pilgrim families and friends for a night out at Noodles & Company (7215 Lake Street) this Thursday night, January 30, from 5pm to 8pm!

25% of all “Pilgrim” sales will benefit the school’s programs and operations.  Simply mention you are from Pilgrim (or present this flyer) when ordering.

We hope to see you there!

PCNS Will Be Closed Monday (1/27) and Tuesday (1/28)

Due to the expected unusually frigid temperatures, Pilgrim Community Nursery School will be closed Monday (1/27) and Tuesday (1/28).

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you and your family, but look forward to seeing everyone Wednesday, January 29.